When Jason Collins came out of the closet on Tuesday, many current and/or former professional athletes tweeted congratulations to him. Former All-Pro Packers safety LeRoy Butler was one of those athletes.
Congrats to Jason Collins— leroy butler (@leap36) April 29, 2013
And it's cost him a job, apparently. Butler, we learned through several tweets from his account, was scheduled to speak at a church in Wisconsin. And they fired him because he congratulated Collins for revealing publicly that he was gay.
Wow, I was schedule to speak at a church in WI, and a member said that the pastor wants to cancel my event, I said ok why?— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
Then I was told, because I said congrats to Jason Collins on twitter, I said really? we have a contract, he said check the moral cause,— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
FYI the fee was 8500$,then I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no,— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
Only god can judge,— leroy butler (@leap36) May 1, 2013
Collins coming out of the closet has resulted in kind statements about the athlete's bravery. It has also resulted in some more controversial statements from athletes and those in the media; some of these statements aren't exactly supportive of Collins.
This is just crazy, though: Butler literally just said "Congrats Jason Collins" and lost a gig worth over $8,500 as a result.
And the only way that he could get the gig back was to delete the tweet, publicly apologize and then "ask god forgiveness" -- that's a pretty specific and ridiculous set of demands.
Good on Butler for not caving and for handling this in the way that he did.